Greta Thurberg blasts world leaders in emotional speech
September 26, 2019 - Global News
Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Monday opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit with an angry condemnation of world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate change.
September 5, 2019 - NCR
In recent decades there has been some nasty infighting among Catholics who argue about which life issue is the most important, especially in guiding one's political choices. Some groups — often the loudest — say abortion is the single most important life issue. Others say euthanasia or assisted suicide is the most important. Still others, in keeping with the church's longstanding tradition of the sanctity of all life, say that we cannot single out one such issue but recognize that as Catholics we must maintain a consistent ethic of life, an ethical outlook sometimes referred to as the "seamless garment" approach...
A glacier lagoon is seen in southern Iceland in July 2017. (CNS/Thomson Reuters Foundation/Thin Lei Win)
Instead of working to solve the crisis ...Trump and his administration are actively exacerbating it. According to a New York Times report published last week, the Trump Administration has "rolled back" 84 environmental rules and policies so far.
... While I agree with the intellectual and moral integrity of the consistent ethic of life principle, which upholds that every human life — born and unborn — is inherently valuable, dignified, and must be protected, we live in a time in which there is now a more fundamental issue that threatens all life: climate change. For this reason, it seems to me dangerously shortsighted to propose directing our attention, argumentative energies, and financial resources to any singular anthropocentric ethical issue. The stakes are too high for us now to be so myopic.
Global climate change threatens every life now and poses an existential danger to the very condition of the possibility for future life on this planet. If we are called to be moral agents guided by a seamless garment approach, as I believe we are, then climate change is the body on which such a garment hangs.The preservation of particular human lives is predicated on the future of the planet and delicate ecosystems on it that make life possible at all. .... READ ALL
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The Story of Bottled Water
June 24, 2019
This is an older video, but it is still so relevant today that we thought we should post it now. Take note of the suggestions made; a time for action. (8:04 min)
Billion Dollar Buyout
Report – Billion Dollar Buyout: How Canadian taxpayers bought a climate-killing pipeline and Trump’s trade deal supports it
May 27, 2019 - FAO UN
Forests do more for us than we realize. They clean our water and filter our air, and they provide food, medicine and fuel for more than a billion people worldwide.
Here are 7 ways how and some of their best kept secrets:
Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life
Scientists reveal 1 million species at risk of extinction in damning UN report
Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s leading scientists have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.
From coral reefs flickering out beneath the oceans to rainforests desiccatinginto savannahs, nature is being destroyed at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10m years, according to the UN globalassessment report.
The biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost about half their area and a million species are at risk of extinction – all largely as a result of human actions, said the study, compiled over three years by more than 450 scientists and diplomats.
Read the full article which has many facts and photos.
Protect Our Species on Endangered Species Day!
If we care about plastic waste, why won’t we stop drinking bottled water?
Where Your Recycled Plastic Ends Up - Trashing the Planet
April 27, 2019 - The Story of Stuff Project
Call on Canada to become part of the solution
Canada warming at twice the global rate!
April 4, 2019 - CBC National
In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report stressing the urgency for nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to a level achieving a limit of 1.5 degrees C.
Nations are far behind in achieving this level and emissions are due to increase again this year.
Everyone feels the effects of the warming temperatures with the Arctic and Antarctic noticing significant changes. As a nation, Canada is warming the fastest according to recent news. (Felician Sister of N. America)
SumOfUs pushes Ottawa to speed up plan to ban bee-killing pesticides
Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species
January 30, 2019 - Earth Day Network
Earth Day (April 22) 2019 marks the 49th anniversary of the first Earth Day. We are excited to announce that our theme this year is Protect Our Species!
Nature's gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love. Many more species remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since the extinction of the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago.
The impacts are far-reaching. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional background information about this problem.
All living things have value in and of themselves and each one plays a unique role in the complex web of life.
Earth Day Network has developed Toolkits that contain ideas for actions and resources to help you and your communities participate in Earth Day 2019's Protect Our Species campaign.
Plastic Production Pollutes Small Town
December 2, 2018 - The Story of Stuff
A mini-documentary exploring the connection between plastic and fossil fuels?
TELL CANADA YOU WANT TO END PLASTIC WASTE
November 19, 2018 - environmental defence
Next week, Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers are meeting in Ottawa to finalize their national plan to fight plastic pollution. It’s vital that the plan is both ambitious and enforceable if we’re going to improve our terrible 11 per cent recycling rate for plastic waste. Sign the petition now to make sure they know you want a plastic waste free environment by 2025. Learn more
CBC TV, The Weekly, looks at the Glyphosate (Round-up) concern
60% of world's wildlife has been wiped out since 1970!!
October 30, 2018 - WWF & CBC
Well over half the world's population of vertebrates, from fish to birds to mammals, have been wiped out in the past four decades, says a new report from the World Wildlife Fund.
Between 1970 and 2014, there was 60 per cent decline, on average, among 16,700 wildlife populations around the world according to the 2018 edition of the Living Planet Report released Monday.
"We've had a loss of nearly two-thirds, on average, of our wild species," said James Snider, vice-president of science, research and innovation for WWF-Canada. WWF News Release (Digital Journal)
"The magnitude of that should be eye opening… We really are reaching a point where we're likely to see species go extinct. That's true in Canada and abroad."
What took 100's of millions of years to create man is destroying in a couple of 100 years. Government inaction is no longer an option.
Let us all speak up! Learn what you can do and act! - FVC
Bishops' Urge Strong Action on Climate Change
October 29, 2018 - CRUX
On Friday, at the closing of the Synod on the Youth, the presidents of Bishops Conferences in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe signed a joint statement calling for bold action from governments to keep global warming below 1.5C. This statement was directed towards world leaders before the Conference of Parties in Poland this December. Based on the principles of Laudato Si’, this statement highlights that climate change is an issue of intergenerational justice, human dignity and human rights. READ THE CRUX ARTICLE --- Read the Joint Statement
Was this statement signed by Canadian and American Bishops, and if not, why not? - FVC
UN report on global warming carries life-or-death warning
October 8, 2018 - CBC News
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues gloomy report at meeting in Incheon, South Korea
Preventing an extra single degree of heat could make a life-or-death difference in the next few decades for multitudes of people and ecosystems on this fast-warming planet, an international panel of scientists reported Sunday. But they provide little hope the world will rise to the challenge.
In the 728-page document, the UN organization detailed how Earth's weather, health and ecosystems would be in better shape if the world's leaders could somehow limit future human-caused warming to just a half degree Celsius from now, instead of the globally agreed-upon goal of one degree. Among other things:
Plastic Pollution: How Humans are Turning the World into Plastic
September 25, 2018 - Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell
This video is a collaboration with UN Environment and their Clean Seas campaign
Modern life would be impossible without plastic – but we have long since lost control over our invention. Why has plastic turned into a problem and what do we know about its dangers?
We could shift to sustainability and save $26 trillion.
September 9, 2018 - VOX - David Roberts (Twitter)
Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels
.....and Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world's first decarbonised society
The kind of right thinking that our Canadian government needs to do more of! - FVC
Costa Rica: A Model for Sustainability
August 21, 2018 - Earth Share, By Erica Flock
The Rainforest Alliance works in Costa Rica and many other countries to help farmers adopt green practices like this and today we’re visiting one such farm: Doka Estate Coffee.
Unlike most of the farms around it, Doka is preserving its trees, phasing out the use of most pesticides, and incorporating many other sustainable practices. Quality coffee like this earns a better price in the market, and workers are spared the damaging health effects of pesticides. During the tour where we learn about the sorting and drying of coffee beans, we hear a variety of birds calling from nearby trees. Managed right, a coffee farm makes great habitat for wildlife. READ MORE